Conservative businessman Bob Luddy is denying he wants to be the next Wake County schools superintendent.
Rumors have been making the rounds among critics of the school board majority that Luddy, one of the men they love to vilify, will be appointed superintendent. But Luddy gave a hearty chuckle to the suggestion that he'd walk away from his company and education ventures to become superintendent.
"No, I'm pretty busy," Luddy told reporter Thomas Goldsmith in an interview this week. "My day job is CaptiveAire and I'm pretty busy."
In addition to supporting the campaign coffers of winning candidates in last year's school board elections, Luddy founded and runs CaptiveAire, which makes commercial kitchen ventilation systems and reported revenues of more than $200 million a couple of years ago.
Opponents of the new board majority have accused Luddy of trying to create a larger market for the schools he's founded by encouraging the dismantling of Wake's former diversity-based assignment system. He has said his schools have all the students they need.
In the meantime, George Conway, the team leader for the superintendent search from Heidrick & Struggles, said applications are coming in. He said they're getting interest from educators. In addition, he said they're reaching out to various non-educators as part of the board majority's attempt to open up the search process.